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What Kind of Cloud is Your Business Looking to Become?
When you were a child, chances are you looked up into the sky and wondered what kind of cloud you were looking at or what cloud you want to be. Back then knowing what type of a cloud you were looking at boiled down to a three main choices: Cirrus Stratus Cumulus Now you may not have...
24 Sep 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6
Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we will take a look at MAP can help...
7 Sep 2010
Microsoft Windows Azure: The Cloud is Growing and Getting Brighter
As we have been looking at Azure for the past 12 months, it is beginning to get more and more features and the title of Mary Jo Foley’s article says it all: Microsoft's Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes Microsoft Windows Azure has added several new features and with more coming the in the...
3 Sep 2010
The IT Investigators Interview Microsoft Corporate VP and CIO, Tony Scott
Keith Combs and I have a podcast show called the IT Investigators . We like to have fun interviewing a variety of guests on wide ranging topics and this episode is no exception. So Keith calls me one day and says he has setup and interview for us. I asked who is it? He calmly...
30 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory part 5
Welcome to part 5 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look at how MAP performs...
30 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Database Discovery for SQL Server part 4
Welcome to part 4 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look how MAP 5.0’s new database...
23 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Windows Server Consolidation part 3
Welcome to part 3 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010). The MAP toolkit has been around for years. MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments...
16 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2
Welcome to part 2 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage. In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline...
9 Aug 2010
Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Overview part 1
Welcome to part 1 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0! The MAP toolkit has been around for years. MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that...
2 Aug 2010
Windows Azure Bringing Developers and IT Pro’s of the World Together
A lot of my posts have been focused on the IT Pro story of Microsoft Technologies. This post will be slightly different, and hopefully will help enhance communication with the developers in your organization. Some of you may be aware that we've been talking about Windows Azure as an application platform...
29 Jul 2010
Got Azure, Bing Maps do!
When I think about Bing Maps as a consumer of driving directions I love it, as IT, server guy I amazed when I think about how much must go into the data center to make that work. Not only for my directions but also from a data center perspective. Bing Maps is an application that has a global user...
13 Jul 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd
TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators. We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As...
14 Jun 2010
Bringing the Heat with Windows Server @ TechEd North America 2010
Ah June has arrived and with it: Microsoft TechEd North America 2010 ! as you get ready to migrate to New Orleans to see some great sessions at TechEd, let me recommend, IMHO will be one the best sessions at TechEd for all you Windows Server administrators: WSV201: 10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs...
1 Jun 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2: the Cloud is in Your Datacenter
When you think of the cloud you most likely are not thinking of stratus, cumulus, or cirrus. You are probably thinking about the many different online service offerings like: Microsoft Exchange Online Microsoft SharePoint Online Azure (Windows and SQL) Microsoft Office Web...
29 Apr 2010
Getting Intune With Your Inner Windows
When you think about the cloud do you get a little confused? Is your business between 25 and 500 employees? Do you feel the cloud has nothing of value expect for big business? Does managing your Windows infrastructure really not your bag of tea? Even after you read about all of...
28 Apr 2010
Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?
Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business. As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization. Virtualization will help to: Reduce...
16 Apr 2010
Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX
Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well. RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM. This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop. IT provides a great...
31 Mar 2010
Does Communication With A Remote Work Force Scare You?
First calm your server down, then next calm your IT administrator down as well. Now lets talk about communication and collaboration and how your servers can empower a remote workforce, that will allow your business to thrive be more focused on efficiency, innovation and productivity. ...
19 Mar 2010
The Giant in Your Data Center
First and Foremost, I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft: THANK YOU! Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server! You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone...
5 Mar 2010
Windows MDOP 2010: Desktop Virtualization Software that Makes Deploying Win7 More Efficient
You have probably heard the term MDOP before and wondered what it is and why it is important to you. MDOP 2010 stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and it will help take your Windows 7 deployments to the next level . On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of the software in an blog...
25 Feb 2010
Optimize Deployment of Your Desktop Environment
Are you looking to deploy Windows more effectively and efficiently, but not sure how? You most likely have several questions: How do I plan? What hardware do I need? What about compatibility? How do I handle migration? How do I create standards? Is there any guidance? Chances are if you ever deployed...
19 Feb 2010
The Magic of Virtualization
When I work with virtualization technologies and the ability to do testing, screen casts and heck even my job to work with new software, I am always reminded of my favorite quote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur...
5 Feb 2010
What Is At The Center Of Your IT Universe?
What is at the center of your IT infrastructure, what does all your applications revolve around? If you said Servers then You are correct! As my good friend and colleague Chris Henley posted, "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!" Windows Server really is the center of...
22 Jan 2010
2009 the Year of Windows 7 and So Much More to Come!
When we look back at 2009 as IT Pros, it was the much anticipated arrival of Windows 7 in late October that drove a lot of our decisions on technology. Not only for our business, but our friends and relatives. How many of you loaded the beta and after playing with the beta early in the year told...
18 Dec 2009
Getting your Servers to Windows Server 2008 R2
Modernizing your servers to newer platforms have several benefits, in addition to the newer technologies. With newer technologies and servers you can lower your TCO, from power consumption to server reduction to improvements to save your end users time. You can improve the overall health...
7 Dec 2009
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